Monday, February 14, 2011

Mailbox Monday ~ February 14th.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.
                                   We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Save MeSave Me  by Lisa Scottoline (ARC) ~ Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after her daughter, a massive explosion goes off in the kitchen, sending the room into chaos. Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to run to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or usher Amanda to safety. She believes she has accomplished both, only to discover that Amanda, for an unknown reason, ran back into the school once out of Rose's sight. In an instance, Rose goes from hero to villain as the small community blames Amanda’s injuries on her. In the days that follow, Rose's life starts to fall to pieces, Amanda’s mother decides to sue, her marriage is put to the test, and worse, when her daughter returns to school, the bullying only intensifies. Rose must take matters into her own hands and get down to the truth of what really happened that fateful day in order to save herself, her marriage and her family. In the way that Look Again had readers questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking and honest. Release date ~ April 12th

In Good Faith (Joe Dillard) In Good Faith (Joe Dillard) by Scott Pratt (Nook) ~ A family is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two goth teens stand accused of the murders, and now it's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But a young woman named Natasha, who apparently inspired the slayings, is walking around free because the boys are afraid to implicate her. Now, Joe must risk everything- including the safety of his family and his own good faith-to bring a guilty woman to justice.

How to Survive a Killer Seance: A Party-Planning Mystery How to Survive a Killer Seance: A Party-Planning Mystery by Penny Warner (review) ~  As party planner Presley Parker investigates a murder during a séance party at San Francisco's famous Winchester Mystery House, she doesn't need a Ouija board to tell her someone's trying to scare her to death...

Begging for Trouble: A Dog Walker Mystery Begging for Trouble: A Dog Walker Mystery by Judi McCoy (review) ~ When Ellie, New York City's most enterprising dog walker, goes to see one of her clients perform in a show, the screams aren't just for the fantastic dance numbers... A murder happens backstage, and the only witness is a dog named Bitsy. Taking Bitsy to a dog psychic might not be standard procedure, but it may stop a killer from biting again. Release date ~ March 1st

Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson (review) ~ When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River's new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer's next work-in-progress... Release date ~ March 1st

Beaglemania (A Pet Rescue Mystery)Beaglemania (A Pet Rescue Mystery)by Linda O. Johnston (review) ~ Lauren Vancouver is the head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter north of Los Angeles, but it's often human nature that puts her in the path of danger. Just like when she helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe at a nasty puppy mill. One of the mill's employees has a history of dog abuse-and a bone to pick with Lauren. And when he's found dead at HotRescues after threatening her, Lauren will have to sniff out the real killer to keep herself out of a cage... Release date ~ March 1st

Formula for Murder (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)Formula for Murder (A Maternal Instincts Mystery)  by Diana Orgain (review) ~ Sleuth and first-time mom Kate Connolly and her baby are the victims of a hit-and-run, but escape unharmed. A witness identifies the car's French diplomatic license plates, yet when Kate and her hubby try to get some answers, they get le cold shoulder. But there's something going on at the French consulate that's dirtier-and far deadlier-than any diaper. Release date ~ March 1st

Fruit of All Evil (A Farmers' Market Mystery)Fruit of All Evil (A Farmers' Market Mystery)by Paige Shelton (review) ~  Becca Robbins sells her farm-made jams and preserves at the local farmers' market to make a living. But when a local lovely decides to tie the knot at the same market, someone else decides to make a killing-and only Becca has the down-home know-how to shut the lid on a canny killer. Release date ~ March 1st

A Touch of Gold (A Missing Pieces Mystery)A Touch of Gold (A Missing Pieces Mystery)  by Joyce & Jim Lavene (review) ~ Long before he became curator of the Duck Historical Museum, Max Caudle discovered its greatest treasure-a wooden chest full of gold. But a thief with his eye on the gold fires a cannonball into the museum, destroying the building-and killing Max. Injured in the explosion, Dae finds her abilities have been amplified, overwhelming her with intense visions every time she touches an object. Now if ex-FBI agent-and burgeoning beau-Kevin Brickman can help Dae decipher her visions, she just might be able to stop the modern-day buccaneer from killing again. Release date ~ March 1st

Sealed with a Kill (A Decoupage Mystery) Sealed with a Kill (A Decoupage Mystery) by Lucy Lawrence (review) ~ Autumn in New England brings out the changing leaves, and the leaves bring out the tourists. When Brenna Miller gets stuck as the tour guide for a group of leaf peepers, she tries to make the best of it. But it's hard to stay enthusiastic after the trial leads them straight to a dead body. Release date ~ March 1st

A Deadly Cliche (A Books by the Bay Mystery)A Deadly Cliche (A Books by the Bay Mystery) by Ellery Adams (review) ~  While walking her poodle, Olivia Limoges discovers a dead body buried in the sand. Could it be connected to the bizarre burglaries plaguing Oyster Bay, North Carolina? At every crime scene, the thieves set up odd tableaus: a stick of butter with a knife through it, dolls with silver spoons in their mouths, a deck of cards with a missing queen. Olivia realizes each setup represents a cliché. And who better to decode the cliché clues than her Bayside Book Writers group? Release date ~ March 1st.